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Around the Farm: May 30, 2014

Around the Farm: May 30, 2014
Shawn Morimando (Photo: IBI)
May 31, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Danny Salazar (Columbus, SP) - L (0-3), 4.2 IP, 11 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed, 3 WP - Salazar is actually posting worse numbers in AAA ball. He is now 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA, 2.29 WHIP, 15:8 K:BB ratio and .356 opponents' batting average in Columbus versus 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 47:17 K/BB ratio and .301 BAA in Cleveland.  I am beginning to wonder if the issue may be more in Danny's head than his arm as pitching against the lower talent level of the International League hasn't translated into him performing any better.

Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 1B) - 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Yes, I know that Ronny-Rod has not exactly been stellar at the plate this season (.219/.256/.351 in 42 games on the campaign), but he has been on a tear as of late as with Friday night's incredible performance he has increased his last 10 numbers to .316/.366/.447.  Maybe this is the beginning of him turning around what has been an unimpressive season until very recently.

Shawn Morimando (Akron, SP) - W (1-0), 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K - This was an exceptional performance and one more than worthy of a headline in ATF rather than a standard entry. A night like this is the work of a man who has never even spent a ballgame in a Double-A dugout before  the night and he just stepped on top of the Canal Park mound and pitched like he belonged there all along.  He is definitely a prospect worth keeping an eye on as a possible quick riser through the minor league system during the second half of the season. This is about as good a Double-A debut as you could hope for from Morimando.

  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Holt, who has registered a hit in each of his five games with the Clippers since his call-up from Double-A Akron, has his best game of the season at the Triple-A level.
  • Tim Fedroff (Columbus, LF) - 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, Caught Stealing 1 time, 1 E - The numbers at the plate made me consider this for feature status, but the baserunning and fielding miscues left him just on the other side of the feature/non-feature cut line.
  • Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP) - 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned) - Crockett allows an earned run, proving that he is, in fact, human.
  • Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Naquin continues to dominate Eastern League pitching as he is batting .400/.455/.500 with 7 RBI in his last 10 games.
  • Tony Wolters (Akron, DH) - 1-2, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB - The power of plate disipline on display once again.
  • J.C. Ramirez (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - J.C. has hit the ground running in his injury-delayed start to the season, allowing only 1 earned run in 7.0 IP in five appearances thus far this season.
  • LeVon Washington (Carolina, LF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, Caught Stealing 1 time - LeVon continues to impress (.317/.397/.444 with 8 RBI in 18 games) when he can stay healthy.  The key for him, as it has been his whole professional career, will be keeping #washtime from becoming #dltime.
  • Anthony Gallas (Carolina, RF) - 2-2, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB - An incredible night for Gallas and his second stellar effort in three games, hopefully marking an end to a mini-slump which saw him go 2-for-25 in the seven games before his recent resurgence.
  • Ryan Battaglia (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - This kind of performance could see the Brisbane Backstop getting even more playing time.
  • D.J. Brown (Carolina, SP) - ND, 5.2, 7 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - Brown's fourth rough outing in his last five.  Hopefully, he can turn things around soon.
  • Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) - L (0-1), 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Cook's return to meaningful games continues its downward trend.  Don't get too hung up on the numbers yet, however, as he hasn't been on the mound in a real minor league game since 2012.  A little rust is to be expected.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB (1 Intentional), 1 K - This is yet another case of a player with one hit getting said hit at a highly important time.  His hit came in the bottom of the 12th to scoreDorssys Paulino and win the game for the Captains.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 0-5, 3 K - Nellie-Rod's woes continue with this hat trick, which sends his K:BB ratio over 2.00 (55:27 in 52 ballgames).
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, LF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - This is the kind of night we need to see more of from Dorssys, who is batting .220 both in his last 10 games and on the season (37 games).
  • Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 5 BB, 3 K - A solid outing, outisde of the walks, for Mitch, but not enough for the win in this extra inning contest.

User Comments

Willie
June 1, 2014 - 7:57 AM EDT
I think RRod is a typical slow starter.
yourtribe
May 31, 2014 - 10:45 PM EDT
Wow on Salazar. Not good. Needs to learn how to pitch not just fire fastballs down the middle
Hiram
May 31, 2014 - 10:45 AM EDT
Thanks guys for answering my questions on the prospects
Jim Piascik
May 31, 2014 - 10:15 AM EDT
Ronny-Rod: Right now we're at one bad month (where he was bouncing around at new positions and dealing with real failure for the first time) and one good month. Way too early go give up on him and I for one am encouraged.

It's always important to not get too wrapped up in the moment and keep the big picture in mind. Guys like Ronny-Rod are still so young and have to learn how to fail and how to keep going. No idea of that's what's happened here (we'll find that out in the months and years to come), but it's possible.
Tony
May 31, 2014 - 9:34 AM EDT
Jordan Smith is struggling in Akron, Jeff Johnson is recovering from surgery, Keiran Lovegrove is in extended spring training, Jake Sisco retired, Jake Lowery has an injury and Kenny Matthews is sidelined with an injury as well.
Walter
May 31, 2014 - 9:34 AM EDT
Smith is at Akron

Sisco retired.

Johnson, Lowery and Matthews on the DL.

Lovegrove is at extended spring training. Might be on a roster once AZL and MHV get there season started.

Tony
May 31, 2014 - 9:33 AM EDT
Gallas would normally be featured, but can't feature everyone on a night when Ronny Rod goes off, Morimando has a stellar Double-A debut and Salazar continues to struggle. In any case, a nice game for Gallas and nice to see him coming out of his recent slump.

Salazar is concerning. Yes, he is working on throwing his changeup and breaking ball. But he's still throwing his fastball over 50% of the time. He's just really struggling right now and I fear that he's slipping right before our eyes. The Indians are going to need him again at some point....so whatever it is he is going through, be it a confidence issue, a mechanical issue or whatever, he needs to shake it off and pitch like everyone knows he can.

Mitch Brown has been better as his outings have been better from a quality perspective in run prevention......though 5 walks is still concerning. Those will eventually come back and bite him. So while one run allowed is nice, 5 walks in 5 innings is a sign of a guy whose troubles with runs will return if he doesn't get his command squared away.
GSon
May 31, 2014 - 9:32 AM EDT
The pitch that made Danny Salazar so effective is his split change. He has to throw that for strikes, or his fastball, up in the zone or not, will not be anywhere close to the level of effectiveness he exhibited.

That's what Danny is all about in this stint at AAA Throwing the split change for strikes...He virtually stopped using it by the time he was sent down.. That's why he's the darling of Columbus...
Hiram
May 31, 2014 - 9:29 AM EDT
Can someone help me out.

I want to know what happened to these prospects

Jordan Smith
Jeff Johnson
Keiran Lovegrove
Jake Sisco
Jake Lowery
Kenny Matthews
Walter
May 31, 2014 - 9:00 AM EDT
Another pitcher who has been struggling at LC had his best outing of the year was Whitehouse. Hopefully he is beginning to turn his season around just like Lugo, Brown and Kime.
Hiram
May 31, 2014 - 8:53 AM EDT
Rich,

Totally agree with you on Salazar. Ppl shouldn't look at the box score now until he is consistent with those breaking pitches
Hiram
May 31, 2014 - 8:51 AM EDT
It appears that Mitch Brown is starting to turn things around. I hope that Lovegrove can do the same when he gets healthy. Robbie Aviles is pitching much better along with Sides. Things appear to be turning around with the Indians. We will get a big infusion of talent in this draft with five of the top 100 players. Love how things appear to be progressing
Rich
May 31, 2014 - 8:25 AM EDT
What more did Gallas need to do in order to get on the upside of the feature/non-feature cut line?

2-for-2 with 3 walks, a HR, and a stolen base. If that doesn't get you a headline I don't know what will.

Rich
May 31, 2014 - 8:21 AM EDT
They sent Salazar down to work on his breaking pitches and keeping his fastball down, and they told him he won't be back up until he accomplishes that. I didn't see the game, but my guess is he was throwing a lot of breaking balls.

He could probably throw seven innings of one-run ball anytime he wants to in AAA by throwing high heat, but that's not what he's there to do.

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